Friday, July 23, 2010
The metaphors of everyday life: The many lives of the picnic table
Sure, it's getting on in years now. Life sometimes seems drab and brown. The word "senior" is heard now and then -- but scratch the surface and you'll find the remnants of an exciting, colorful past. The first attempt at settling down ran toward the more somber dark greens, but before that there was a scintillating lime green period. Earlier, there were the short-lived maroon years. A youthful fling with vibrant turquoise, perhaps with sterling silver accessories, long since lost. And years before, there was the youthful natural period. It may just be a picnic table, but it's been around, and it contains multitudes.